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Chapter 8. pictures > gif graphic images

gif graphic images

Photographs—in other words, JPEGs—are only half the story when it comes to Web images. The other half concerns GIFs. All the images you see on the Web that are not photographs are in GIF format. That includes all incidental graphics, buttons, arrows, borders, fancy rules (lines), company logos, and so on. You insert GIFs into your pages just as you do photos. You can resize and crop them and move text around them just as you've learned to do with photos. But you can do two things with GIFs that you cannot do with JPEGs: you can make one color transparent (a transparent GIF), and you can make animations.

transparent gifs

I mentioned earlier in this chapter that transparent GIFs have one color that is "clear," allowing whatever is behind it to show through. Many GIFs you find on the Web already have a transparent color. I'll make a transparent GIF for the guitar page.


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